If it is time for a new deck or an upgrade to an existing porch, you have come to the right place.
While there are many different styles and options when it comes to decking, the decision doesn’t have to be difficult.
Wolf Decking has several options in both style and type to help you narrow your selection, find the ideal match for your needs and even gives you installation choices.
Whether you want your deck for a place to relax or plan to host the next summer block party, Wolf can help.
Wolf Decking Options
- 1 Wolf Decking Options
- 2 Buyer’s Guide: Choosing the Right Decking for Your Needs
- 3 Wolf Decking Review
- 4 Where to Buy
- 5 Installing Wolf Decking
- 6 Wolf Decking Vs. Other Decking Brands
- 7 Frequently Asked Questions
- 8 Conclusion
Wolf offers three styles of boards in either PVC or composite construction. Which one you need will be based on several factors.
- Wolf Serenity PVC Decking. The high-end capped boards offer a great warranty, easy installation and life-long beauty.
- Wolf Perspective Composite Decking. The budget-friendly composite boards are durable, resistant and offer real-wood characteristics.
- Wolf Serenity PVC Porch. The porch boards are similar in build and design to the Serenity decking, but come in smaller boards ideal for porches and gazebos.
Buyer’s Guide: Choosing the Right Decking for Your Needs
Decking and the materials for installation are sold based on the square foot of your project. Before you make any decisions, you need to know the square footage of the area you want to build the deck on.
You also want to budget for more material than you may need, since the boards will need to be cut or altered during install.
Board Size & Construction
With Wolf decking you have two options, PVC or composite. Each has their own set of strengths and weaknesses, but the final decision is critical. Wolf offers various thicknesses and board lengths as well.
You may buy different lengths for your project or have each board be the same with a lot more cutting or shaping in mind.
With the installation, PVC and composite boards are both geared for a DIY install. However, this isn’t always ideal or within your capabilities. Before you finalize your budget, you need to know if you plan to take on the task and devote the time and energy yourself, or hire it out to professionals.
Railings and Steps
Aside from the decking material, you may also wish to install steps, railings or other features. Wolf Decking offers all of the essential elements for a complete decking or porch upgrade, but you need to know what you want and which materials to budget for.
Deck or Porch
With Wolf, they make a specific board type that is ideal for porches. The thinner boards and tongue-and-groove construction are much different than the thicker, wider decking boards. You need to know what you are getting and where it will be installed to avoid buying the wrong product.
Care and Maintenance
PVC and composite decking are generally known as low maintenance. However, this doesn’t mean they are maintenance-free. You will still need to care for, clean and inspect the decking on a regular basis.
Not only will it maintain the boards, their appearance and your deck experience, but it will also maintain the warranty.
Cost and Warranty
Decking isn’t a cheap endeavor and you need to budget accordingly. PVC capped boards last a lot longer than composite, but are also more expensive.
When you are buying by the square foot, you need to account for the initial purchase price, but also the maintenance, longevity and aesthetics of the final project.
Wolf Decking Review
Wolf decking may not have the extensive line ups of other brands, or the vast array of colors and wood patterns.
But what they do have is a selection of the most popular, most common and most sought-after options on the market. Their three line ups meet almost everyone’s needs and exceed their expectations.
Let’s take a closer look.
The Serenity line is the PVC decking line that is the most popular, but also the most expensive. With the full 20-foot boards reaching prices over $70 each, it can become a budgeting nightmare. However, when you factor in the low maintenance, easy installation and lifetime warranty, it begins to take a better focus.
The Serenity line is ideal for all area installation, but is exceptional in coastal communities. Each board is fully capped with High Density Cellular technology (a fancy way of saying really good PVC). The boards are fully reversible, so you can install in any direction, this speeds up install time by almost 30%, which can save you money as well.
Inside this line you will find two collections, the Tropical Hardwoods and Seaside collections. Tropical Hardwoods offer you 9 colors, including Amberwood, Black Walnut, Golden Cypress, Driftwood Grey, Rosewood, Silver Teak, Teakwood, Weathered Ipe and Onyx.
These colors feature a fade resistance as well as moisture, mold and mildew resistance and they come with a 50 year warranty to back it up. The same warranty also covers the fade and stain resistance of the Seaside collection, which offers only two colors; Harbor Grey and Sand Castle.
Along with the fade warranty, you also get a limited lifetime warranty that protects against damage, cracking, splintering and breaking. You will need to review the full warranty for exact coverage limitations, but there isn’t much to worry about here. Once bought, you are covered for as long as you own the home.
|ASA Colorwatch100 technology||Has a more plastic look than composite decking|
|Perfect for coastal installation||Not readily available in all areas|
|Lifetime damage warranty|
|Boards are fully reversible|
|Multiple color and style options|
|ICC Code compliant|
If you need to save a bit of money, the Wolf Perspective line may be up your ally. This is a composite decking material that is durable and reliable. Using a wood grain pattern finish and an installation that accepts standard or hidden fasteners, composite decking boards are affordable, popular and aesthetically pleasing.
Unlike the capped PVC boards, the composite decking planks aren’t reversible. You can only install in one direction, but the options aren’t that bad. with 12, 16 and 20-foot length options the 5.5-inch wide boards feel and look like real wood without the plastic appearance of PVC.
There is only a single collection in the Perspective line up. It offers 5 color options that include Acacia, Cedar Ridge, Potomac Grey, Redwood and Dune. Unlike the PVC options of the Serenity line, the Perspective line is made from 94% recycled materials, and also offers stain, mold and mildew resistance.
Because the boards aren’t capped and protected with plastic, the warranty is a little less. you get 25 years of coverage for the entire thing, including stain and fade coverage, as well as damage, splinter and cracking protection. It is a far cry from lifetime protection, but 25 years for a deck is still an incredible deal.
|Real wood grain patterns and texture||Lower warranty that other options|
|Solid and grooved boards available||Limited color selection|
|Mold, mildew and moisture resistance||Not all colors and sizes available everywhere|
|94% recycled materials|
|Matte finish reduces plastic look|
|Matching rimboards available.|
Wolf has even thought about your porch and made a PVC board to compliment the decking. In general, porch decking boards are smaller and it is this distinction that gives the Serenity Porch their true benefit.
You can find an exact match or go a completely opposite direction with your style and colors, to make an eye catching porch and deck combination. There are three collections here and each is slightly different.
The Tropical Hardwoods are made to complement the same named collection of the decking boards. There are four colors to choose from, including Weathered Ipe, Silver Teak, Golden Cypress and Amberwood. The Seaside collection adds Sand Castle and Harbor Gray to the color wheel, too.
Both of these lines offer boards that are 1 x 3 1/8 inches and come in lengths of 10, 12 and 16 feet. The difference is in the Americana collection. While it only features Pewter color, these boards are ¾ inches thick instead of 1 inch. They still have a width of 3 1/8 inches and also come in 10, 12 and 16 feet, though.
Just like the decking, these porch boards are fully capped PVC and are reversible. They also feature the super easy to install tongue and groove slotting style. And like the namesake decking these porch boards also have the 50-year/Lifetime warranty coverage.
|Simple installation||Americana is not ICC code complaint|
|Color match to Serenity decking||Not available in all areas|
|Resists staining, fading and moisture|
|Strong planks won’t rot, crack or splinter|
|Wolf Pro warranty extension available|
|Made in the USA|
At a Glance
|Style||Colors||Board Sizes||Dual Sided||Fade & Stain Warranty||Product Warranty||Mold & Mildew Resistant||Price|
|Serenity Decking||10||12, 16, 20 feet||Yes||50 Years||Lifetime||Yes||$36 – $70 per board|
|Serenity Porch||7||10, 12, 16 feet||Yes||50 Years||Lifetime||Yes||$30 – $60 per board|
|Perspective||5||12, 16, 20 feet||No||25 Years||25 Years||Yes||$30 – $70 per board|
What People Are Saying
Wolf decking isn’t a brand a lot of people are talking about…yet. The relatively small footprint of the company is growing, and they have reached over 40 states and into Canada. However, since they aren’t nationwide, there isn’t a lot of online chatter about the company.
What is found is generally always good, including many owners stating they took a chance and have never looked back. One review even goes so far as to say Wolf decking is the only brand they will ever use.
Wolf Decking Ratings
- Selection: 3
- Warranty: 5
- Durability: 4
- Installation: 4
- Price: 3
- Quality: 4.5
- Eco-Friendliness: 4
- Overall Rating: 3.9
Where to Buy
Finding a place to buy Wolf decking is the hard part. The company is mainly selling in the North East and in Canada, though they are spreading pretty fast. You can use the online search tool at the Wolf website to locate the nearest dealer or installer to your area.
Installing Wolf Decking
Installation comes down to two options: hire a professional, or do it yourself. If you have the tools, knowledge and confidence to install the decking yourself, you can save a lot of money.
You will need a miter saw with a carbide tipped blade, self-feeding screw guns and a power drill/screwdriver. However, choosing the right fasteners and installing the rimboards, posts and supports are all dependent on the board type and size. Joist spacing and proper deck height for airflow all need to be calculated.
The hard part is finding a contractor that can handle the job, and with that, we can help. Our free pro finder tool will give you results of local, reputable and properly vetted professionals. You won’t have to worry about backdoor deals, unscrupulous companies or over-the-top pricing.
However, you should note that hiring a decking professional will cost. You can expect to add between $3 and $5 per square foot to your total budget and project price. While it can make the deck project quite expensive, the end result and lifelong enjoyment of the completed project are well worth it.
Wolf Decking Vs. Other Decking Brands
Wolf Vs. TimberTech Azek
TimberTech Azek is a PVC decking like the Wolf Serenity line. It offers a much larger selection and brings you 4 collections and more than 25 colors to choose from. You still get the same 50-year fade and stain and lifetime damage warranty as with Wolf, though and the two companies are reliable, durable and similarly priced.
In our ratings both Azek and Wolf received an overall 3.9 rating with Azek winning out on durability and price where Wolf manages to hold on with Installation and quality. However both are similar enough that you could mix and match between them and never know the difference.
The big advantage of Timbertech Azek is its readily available in all areas. It is easy to find a dealership that offers Azek decking, where Wolf is a little harder to come by in most areas. If you are looking for selection, options and DIY install, Azek is a better option. If you want a slightly better price and don’t mind hunting for a dealer, though, Wolf stands on its own here.
Wolf Vs. Trex
Trex Decking is an industry leading and well known brand. They offer a wide variety of options, colors and styles. However, their biggest claim to fame is the realistic wood grain patterns they emboss in their boards. They have the longest non-repeating patterns of any PVC or composite boards on the market. This gives an even more realistic appearance to the boards.
Trex also has less plastic looking finishes than Wolf, but the durability isn’t always there. If you compare the Trex Select Composite to Wolf’s Perspective line, you will find that Wolf edges Trex in durability and resistance. Both offer 25 year warranties, though, and it all comes down to appearance and price.
Trex boards are readily available almost everywhere, they cost a little more than Wolf, but look a lot better when installed. Wolf has the slight edge in pricing, but loses that edge because you have to live in the right spot to even find a dealer that sells it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question about Wolf decking? Here we answer some of the most common questions about the brand. If you have other concerns, please use the comment section below the article.
Q. Is Wolf Decking worth it?
- In short, yes, Wolf decking is definitely worth it. The purchase price may be a little high and finding a dealer can be a challenge, but the end result is a lifelong deck that can maintain appearances, offers low maintenance and looks great decades later. Everything that points to a high-quality and durable product.
Q. Can I clean with a power washer?
- You can use a power washer on Wolf decks. However regular cleaning with a garden hose and spot scrubbing where (and if) needed is generally all you need. Keeping the deck clean with a broom will prevent most needs for heavy equipment cleaning in the future.
Q. I’ve noticed a rust-like stain on my Wolf deck, how do I clean it?
- Wolf recommends using a non-bleaching toilet bowl cleaner to remove the rusting stains that can occur on some boards. Simply spray the cleaner and scrub with a soft-bristled brush and rinse away with the garden hose. You may need to repeat twice to get it all.
Q. What is ASA Colorwatch100 technology?
- Colorwatch100 is a proprietary technology that prevents color fading and offers UV protection to the capped boards. It is because of the color-fast technology that Wolf boards won’t fade even in a harsh, consistent direct sunlit area.
Wolf decking is a brand that not many have heard of yet. The company is growing in both size, distribution and reputation and all in a positive manner. While they haven’t reached all 50 states yet, they do have a presence in 40 states and Canada.
When you do get your hands on Wolf porch or deck boards, you will understand the quality, durability and ease of use they offer. It is highly recommended that you search for the brand wherever you are and give them a try. You won’t be disappointed.